Recently I got involved in a discussion of the torrented book issue with folks in my niche. Some have published books with mainstream publishers in our niche; others have self-published. Either way, they were pretty much fine with people torrenting their books because their books are ads, not books. They make money by teaching "classes" online and traveling around giving "workshops." They work day jobs. The books are basically bait on the one hand and on the other objects to make them seem authoritative. This made me real depressed and disgusted, frankly, because I don't want to read a book that's an ad--or write one. I have been working on a book for a while and several times have stopped because I figure why should I bother? It will just end up getting torrented and I have no interest in teaching "classes" to make up for the thefts. I do feel like the more this happens, the more books will be ads or IOW crap.